Seven crew members of a US-run cargo plane were killed when
their plane crashed shortly after take off from Bagram air
base near the Afghan capital Kabul, the cargo operator told
The Taliban in a statement claimed responsibility for the
crash, but NATO's International Security Assistance Force
(ISAF) said there were no reports of insurgent activity in or
around the base, which is one of the largest in the country
and located about 40km north of Kabul.
"We did lose all seven crew members," a spokeswoman for
National Air Cargo told Reuters by telephone from Florida,
where the company is located. The nationalities of the crew
members were not immediately clear.
The district governor for Bagram, Abdul Shukor, described the
plane as having reached an altitude of about 400m before
suddenly "falling out of the sky", he said, citing witness
The crash came two days after four US service members were
killed when their surveillance aircraft in southern
Afghanistan crashed due to bad weather.